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good loud boost

ynot

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I love the tone of my plexi cranked,but since it has no loop,playing it that way negates the option of using delay or reverb as they just dont sound good in front of a dirty amp to me.However,I discovered long ago that I can set the amp "clean-ish" then boost it back to where it would be dimed,but I can use delay/verb & it dont distort the time fx.Sooo...any recomendations for a fairly loud boost? Im leaning toward the EP-Booster,but havent tried,& for obvious reasons most music stores wont let you try something thru a plexi at that volume.

thanx
 

Heady Jam Fan

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Not sure how I get how that would help the time based effects, the amp is still distorting after it and you might even push certain time based effect pedals into distortion themselves with a boost that hot.

Either way, I have been using an MXR Micro Amp for a while. It doesn't really impart color and is only $40 used.
 

ynot

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@ Heady,the concept is simple,the amp is clean...till pushed which brings it "back home" when you play,but the delay is set low so doesn't distort the amp at all.works like a charm
 

ynot

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BTW,I in NO WAY meant that to sound or come across as condescending.Just figured it might be a helpfull tip to you or someone else.
 

Heady Jam Fan

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No worries, I never tried it, I just don't get it, how it is different than the amp set distorted anyway - but if it works for ya, more power to ya!
 

ynot

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Well it works because the guitar signal is strong enough to push the amp,but the delay signal is weak enough to not distort it.I at most use delay to the extent of Blackmore,but ussually not even anyware near that much.If you wanted to do Gilmore,then no,it probably wouldnt work,but I never tried that.I just like a slight amount of ambience.
 

AXXA

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I run my amp in a similar way. I like it breaking a bit, and I use boosts to push it the rest of the way. I use treble boost and FD2, because they both add volume, mids, and some extra grit, which I really like. I also like delay into a dirty amp though. Reverb is the tricky part with the boost approach IMO, but it works fine for me.

If you're trying to keep your amp overdrive sounding natural, you should probably go with a clean boost. The EHX LPB-1 is a great cheap option, as well as the MXR Micro Amp, as mentioned. Many other great, and more expensive clean boosts are available though. The EP booster sounds nice, but it will change your fundamental EQ some, which you may or may not like. Many boosts add their own 'color' to your tone, and there are lots of choices out there.
 

Heady Jam Fan

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Well it works because the guitar signal is strong enough to push the amp,but the delay signal is weak enough to not distort it.I at most use delay to the extent of Blackmore,but ussually not even anyware near that much.If you wanted to do Gilmore,then no,it probably wouldnt work,but I never tried that.I just like a slight amount of ambience.
Yea... I get what you are describing, whether or not it works that way (I supposed however I word that, it is obvious I am not buying it, lol), as long as it works for you! I just think if the amp is dirty its dirty and reproducing the delay, not mater what their relative level is, will be dirty. Some people like or don't mind a delay into a dirty amp.
 

ynot

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just try it,then tell me it dont work.No point in arguing over speculation of what you THINK someyhing will sound like.try it,it even work for you.Remember,some of the best guitar tones came from experimenting
 

ynot

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Yea... I get what you are describing, whether or not it works that way (I supposed however I word that, it is obvious I am not buying it, lol), as long as it works for you! I just think if the amp is dirty its dirty and reproducing the delay, not mater what their relative level is, will be dirty. Some people like or don't mind a delay into a dirty amp.
ahh but the amp is Not dirty
 

ynot

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anyway,didnt come here to argue,try it you like,or dont.I was just askng opinions on boost that dont overly color your tone,maybe w/some option of killing a little bit of lows.
 

Delayed Delay

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I strongly recommend the Timmy for this very reason - perfectly tuned for Marshall-style amps, and does exactly what you're looking for. :aok
 

ynot

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Thanx Axxa,Im quite happy using it this way but just not "satisfied".Every Od pedal either colors the tone in a way Im not fond of or sounds too bland.I guss Ill order the EP or RC & if I dont dig it send it back.I know you may not be a plexi player,but which would you recomend to stay at least kinda true to the amp tone?
 

Axe-Man

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What about the best, most transparent boost available?

No colouration of your tone (as then you might as well get an OD) and 20dB of boost.

The Creation Audio Labs Mk 4.23 is a great boost with the lowest THD of any boost pedal if my memory serves me correctly.
 




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